Djibouti, DP World spar over new Doraleh terminal ruling

Djibouti, DP World spar over new Doraleh terminal ruling

The government of Djibouti and the Dubai-based DP World firm exchanged fire in a battle of words at the weekend, following the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) ruling on Friday that Djibouti’s seizure of the Doraleh Container Terminal violates the parent company’s “valid and binding” agreement to operate the…

China-Africa security forum concludes in Beijing

China-Africa security forum concludes in Beijing

Military leaders from nearly 50 African countries – The Gambia, Mali and South Sudan among them – completed on Tuesday a two-week conference in Beijing hosted by China’s Ministry of National Defense. The China-Africa Defense and Security Forum began June 26, with a focus on the security situation in Africa…

The Saudi-Qatar Conflict Comes to Africa

The last week of June saw a close to bidding from five specialist canal-digging companies for a project to establish a 38 mile-long, 200 metre-wide canal between Saudi Arabia and its neighbour. After the Saudis, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with the emirate last June, the proposed…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

IMF adopts CPIFR assessment standard for Islamic banking

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced Thursday that it will integrate Islamic banking, which now has a presence in more than 60 countries, into its financial stability assessments in nations where Islamic finance commands at least 15 percent of the banking sector market. Beginning in 2019, they’ll use the Core…

2 die in Somalia flooding ahead of tropical storm landfall

Meteorologists tracking Sagar, a relatively rare tropical storm that strengthened as it crossed the entire Gulf of Aden, are expecting landfall on Saturday near the Djibouti-Somalia border. It has potential impacts for Ethiopia too as it reaches the Horn of Africa. Flash floods were reported in the Bari region of…

Tensions in Djibouti over U.S. claim of China’s laser use

Authorities in the United States have filed a formal complaint with China over the reported use of lasers directed at U.S. pilots in Djibouti, where both countries have military bases near each other. Four laser incidents occurred over the last several weeks at Djibouti, U.S. military officials said. Three involved…

Yamamoto heads to Djibouti after rare Eritrea visit

Senior United States official for African Affairs Ambassador Donald Y. Yamamoto, the country’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, is making a rare visit to the politically isolated Eritrea Monday before moving on to Djibouti and Ethiopia. In Asmara, Yamamoto is meeting with U.S. embassy staff as well as the wider diplomatic…

China scoffs at news of U.S. inquiry into its African influence

China has defended its role on the African continent, following word that United States lawmakers plan to investigate Beijing’s expanding footprint in African nations and across the globe. Devin Nunes, a Republican member of Congress from California and Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that as part…

Djibouti: We’re not giving the Doraleh site to China

Djibouti has pushed back against what it called “mercilessly pillorying” over speculation that the strategically located Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) – seized from former operator DP World by its government last month – could be used to expand China’s footprint in the Horn of Africa while threatening United States interests….